A Kayak's Origin Story

Kayaks are known for their superior design as a small watercraft. The combination of the light hull, covered top, and shallow base makes a speedy, sturdy, and easy to turn boat that can be adapted for calm lakes, rapid filled rivers, and choppy seas.

Thank the Arctic natives for this brilliant design.

Many kayak users are unaware that kayaks were originally built using animal skins and were just one type of boat among other skin boats. This slideshow portrays some of the unique features of the original kayaks and also introduces the closely related umiaq.